Tips to Think About Before Purchasing Your Baby Stroller

A stroller can be a parent’s best friend. But if the wrong stroller is selected it can be a parent’s worst enemy! There are several strollers available on online and virtual stores to meet your many needs. Think about how you want to use your baby stroller and select the best one that fits your lifestyle.

The first thing you need to look at is the baby’s safety needs. This is the biggest concern. Hence you should check strollers for how stable they are before you buy and remember to check if the stroller will stay standing even if a little weight of a diaper bag is added to it. Furthermore a five point harness is the best option for newborns or those babies who are in the stroller a lot. For short mall trips and such, a three point harness is sufficient. When checking the harness look out for sharp edges and pinching points.

Before you buy a stroller, first take it for a walk in the store. Tall parents would want handles with adjustable heights so that they don’t have to bend over to push the stroller. Handles with a foamed cover are better for comfort. See how smooth the wheels are. Try walking really fast and make sure that your legs don’t hit the wheels. Check out other features in the prams pushchairs that you are looking at. Does it have a basket underneath to keep your diaper bags? Do you need organization trays, snack and drink holders, toy bars and so on? If so, are those features available? Remember that most of these accessories are also available separately. So, just because a stroller you really like does not have a food tray, don’t let that move you away from your choice.

For those parents that are involved in sports or like being outdoors a lot, there are jogging strollers available with big tires and hand grip brakes? Jogging strollers will do well on any possible surface but may not be very easily foldable like other strollers. For parents who don’t go out a lot, a simple chicco highchair with wheels to move around in the house is more than enough when deciding on your baby’s nursery furniture.

Help Your Child Cope With School Stress

Each new school year can be a stressful time for children, with new teachers and classmates, new rooms, new routines and more schoolwork. It can be particularly unnerving and overwhelming for children facing major transitions such as starting elementary school or middle school. As a parent, there are proactive steps you can take to support your child.

� Express interest and enthusiasm about the start of the school year. If you are confident and excited, your child will be, too.

� Take a walk around the school with your child and locate his or her classrooms, lunchroom, playground and restrooms. This will help your child to feel more comfortable with his or her surroundings and prevent feeling lost on the first day.

� Take time to listen and discuss aspects of the new school year that he or she is worried about. Remember to let your child know that it’s normal to feel nervous about the start of school. For parents of younger children, suggest that your child take a family photo or special object to school to make his or her surroundings more comfortable.

� Spend time each day talking to your child about what happened in school. Give your child positive feedback about his or her new experiences.

� Praise and encourage your child to become involved with school activities and try new opportunities.

� Attend school functions and stay involved in your child’s education. Children whose parents are more involved with their education have higher achievement, are better adjusted and are less likely to drop out of school.

� Make a point to learn not just about how your child develops physically, but socially and emotionally, as well. If you are aware of what’s typical behavior and thoughts for your child’s stage in life, you will be able to tell more readily when things may not be right.

Anxiety and stress about school are normal for a child and usually pass within the first few days or weeks. If your child continues to seem anxious or stressed, it may be time to seek help. Talk to your pediatrician about what you can do as a parent. If problems persist, consider a referral to a trained and qualified mental health professional.

Not Forgetting Madeleine Mccann – Mixed Maternal Emotions Maddened And Mournful

Madeleine Mcann, are you ever coming home. I would like to believe that you will, but as the days run into months I fear the worse; however my prayers will continue for as long as it takes for your safe return. If there was ever a time in my life that I couldn’t think of anything better than winning the national lottery is to hear you have been found safe and sound.

Although I highlight and direct my attention to angelic Madeleine Mcann my prayers stretch to all other children missing from home too. It only seems like yesterday when the gut wrenching news of your abduction flashed across the television screen. Who would have thought that we are nearing 12 months to the day since your disappearance and still no answers.

We hear in the presence of the British police that the Portuguese authorities have 100 questions to ask Gerry Kate and their friends. “What” 365 days later to start probing well I have heard it all now, would this not give a person time to collaborate with one another should they be guilty of any involvement? If these questions had been asked on day one – Madeleine may have been home to celebrate her 5th birthday. The Portuguese police have failed miserably and this just proves inadequacy in the handling of this very sad case. Police in Portugal are now considering charging Kate Mcann for endangering the safety of her kids, this is the most sensible part of the investigation that I can relate too, however we have a grieving parents heartbroken over their loss and no doubt suffering the most agonizing pain that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The media headlines read that Madeleine the night before her disappearance had asked why her mom and dad never came to comfort her when she was crying in the apartment. Gerry and Kate after hearing this had sworn to each other that they would take extra care from then on in keeping a watchful eye over their children. Their protection plan was not to reach the highest level of security which would protect their child from abduction. Being a mother I can not help but feel for this innocent little girl more so than that of the parents. Had signs of a prevention course been taken more seriously to support a disaster as such from happening where a 3 year old child is snatched, then I weep not for those safely tucked up in bed at home, while this little girl cries a river of tears. Can you imagine the fear and panic Madeleine endured being in the company of strangers where the possibility of being victimized in the most humiliating and degrading manner of which she so did not deserve.

Had the Portuguese police acted sooner than later in their investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, then maybe, just maybe, they will have had full backing from the public to say they had approached every nook and cranny in a supervised and professional manner? However a year later questions are to be asked, which has many people develop mistrust in the whole of the Portuguese operation.

Madeleine McCanns abduction touched the hearts of millions and broke them too. If you are the abductor reading this message – then please come forward and un-break those hearts, and especially more so the heart of the little Madeleine’s.

Until there is closure in the way of good news, I will never forget your doe eyes looking up into the camera saying “come and get me”, Saddened by the fact that I can not bring you home plays havoc with my maternal emotions. I will continue my search by looking into the eyes of every little girl on approach and if the marking of god is there I will smother you with the warmest of hugs and big sloppy kids so you feel safe again.

It is crucial to act immediately when a child goes missing because there is roughly a two hour delay in filling out a missing child report. It is said (74%) of missing kids are found dead within three hours of diappearance. Approximately 100 abduction cases are reported in the US yearly. The vast majority are girls (76%), on average are slightly over 11 years of age. In 80% of cases, the initial contact between the victim and killer is within 1/4 mile of the victim’s residence.

Over half (57%) of abduction murders are committed by a stranger. Family involvement is infrequent (9%). Almost two-thirds of murderers (61%) have had in the past been convicted of violent crimes, with slightly more than half of the murderers’ prior crimes (53%) committed against youngsters. The most regular prior crimes against children were rape (31% of killers) and other sexual assault (45% of killers).

Having eyes in the back of your head is the only way to keep track on your kids behaviours, however busy parents although protective can not be in two places at once to keep check. It has to be drummed into the kids the importance of not going off with strangers or wandering off. Sit the child down and explain in detail – in an understanding way pointing out the dangers should they be approached by someone offering them sweets or asking them do they want to see their puppy. Depending on the age of the child will determine how you address the matter. Be careful that you do not frighten them. However if it keeps your child safe from evil doers – then so be it.